The Process of Getting Dental Implants

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Our patients frequently ask about dental implants and what is necessary to get implants. The process behind this very popular dental procedure is not complicated. However, it does require healing time between the steps of the treatment.

The first step in getting dental implants is to consult with our Huntington Beach dentist. After examining your teeth and gums, our dentist will decide if you are healthy enough for implants.

On the day of your procedure, phase one of your implants begins. Our dental implants dentist and other staff members will be on hand to help you through the process.

• We will start with a local anesthetic to numb the agrea, and then our dentist cleans and prepares the area. If you are unusually nervous or upset about this procedure, please tell our dentist. There are types of dental sedation to help you relax during the surgery. These are safe, easy to control and will not leave you impaired.

• Next, our dentist places a small screw, typically titanium, into your tooth’s empty socket. If necessary, our dentist will also anchor the implanted screw into place with several dissolvable stitches. Our dentist repeats the process until all empty sockets hold a titanium screw.

• It is important that you observe careful dental hygiene. It is necessary to keep the implant area clean as you wait for the screw to fuse with your jaw bone. This process, known as osseointegration, is the body accepting the implanted screw. All patients heal at different rates, so our dentist cannot predict precisely how long this process will take.

• Once your incision heals, the next step is for our dentist to attach a small abutment on the screw. Our dentist places a porcelain crown on top of the abutment, and the implant process is complete. Your new tooth blends well with the other teeth and feels natural.

If you think you might benefit from dental implants, contact our office to make an appointment for a consultation.

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What Tooth Pain Means

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Do you suffer from tooth pain, but you are not quite sure what it could mean? Here you can read about the most common types of tooth pain to best guide you with your future appointment with our Huntington Beach office.
If you frequently feel intermittent sharp jabbing sensations each time you eat or drink something, or each time you open and close your mouth, then this is usually a big indicator to a possible crack, cavity, or an abscess.
If every time your mouth and teeth are exposed to an extreme change in temperature, such as eating ice cream or drinking a hot cup of coffee, you feel a sharp tooth pain, this can also be another indicator to a crack in the tooth or multiple teeth as well as possible cavities.

 

Dull nagging tooth pain is the most common type of toothache. Though usually this type of pain is mild, it is deep and persistent. This is a general indicator of nerve damage or a rotting tooth. This is commonly seen in individuals who grind their teeth.

 

The main indicator for tooth abscesses is feeling extreme throbbing pains. Abscesses are pockets of infection below or to the side of the tooth. Essentially, it is like a cyst in your mouth. Abscesses require antibiotic treatments and a surgical treatment to be removed. Therefore, if you suspect you have a tooth abscess please contact our dentist as soon as possible.
If you only feel pain while eating, then that is a big indicator of tooth decay or a tooth fracture. The pain can usually be controlled with over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
Regardless of what kind of tooth pain you are suffering from, it is never a good thing to have. Your mouth should never hurt, so when it does make an appointment with our dentist in Huntington Beach as soon as possible.

 

How To Know if You Have Sleep Apnea

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Sleep Apnea affects an estimated twenty million American adults. As many as four out of five people might not be diagnosed, leaving them at risk for serious health problems, ranging from weight gain and fatigue to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is treatable, but it must first be diagnosed.

Signs that could indicate that you have OSA include:

• Loud, chronic snoring, which might be punctuated with pauses in breathing and choking, or gasping sounds as breathing begins again
• Fatigue, daytime sleepiness or difficulty waking in the morning, which occurs because your brain must partially awaken each time your breathing stops in order to reopen your airway
• Waking with a headache, which occurs due to low oxygen levels, widening of the blood vessels, and vascular headaches
• High blood pressure, which is linked to the strain on the cardiovascular system
• Moodiness, irritability, and depression, which occur as a result of sleep deprivation

If you have symptoms of OSA, you need to contact our office to schedule an evaluation. During this evaluation, we will perform a physical exam, and take your family and medical history. We might also recommend a sleep study, which will measure various vital signs during sleep. The results will provide more information and help us make an accurate diagnosis. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Huntington Beach.

When are Porcelain Veneers the Best Option?

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Porcelain veneers are a great treatment option for those who want an effective cosmetic treatment for their smiles. Our Huntington Beach cosmetic dentist can help you decide if they are right for you.

These wafer-thin porcelain sheets are carefully crafted to fit over the natural tooth. Their custom nature allows them to be used to correct many types of flaws. They might be the best option for you if you have:

  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Chipped, cracked, or worn teeth
  • Gapped or crooked teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Small teeth

For the best results, your teeth should be healthy, free of decay, and free of gum disease. Your bite should be properly aligned, and you should not suffer from bruxism. Your teeth also need to be dense enough to support the dental veneers.

Veneers can typically be placed in two or three dental appointments. We will work closely with you to design the shape, color, and overall look of your new smile. Next, we will prepare your teeth by shaping them so that the veneers can fit comfortably. Finally, the veneers will be bonded to your teeth. Call our veneers dentist in Huntington Beach today to learn more about how dental veneers can transform your smile, or to schedule your consultation.

When are Dental Bridges Recommended?

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A dental bridge is a type of restoration used to replace one or a few lost teeth. The bridge is supported by natural teeth or dental implants, and consists of dental crowns and false teeth, also referred to as pontics. Our dentist in Huntington Beach can usually place a dental bridge in just a few dental visits, and bridges can last seven to ten years or more.

You may be a candidate for a dental bridge if you have:

  • Lost one tooth
  • Lost two or a more teeth in a row
  • Have healthy teeth on both sides of the gap to support the bridge, or
  • are a candidate for dental implants to support the bridge

Once your candidacy has been determined, you can begin the process of getting your new bridge. Your abutment teeth will need to be prepared, or implants will need to be placed. After your impressions are taken, a dental lab will design and create your new bridge. At your next appointment, we will place and bond it to your prepared teeth or your dental implants.

Taking care of a bridge is not much different than taking care of your natural teeth. You need to brush twice a day and floss daily. However, flossing can be a little different with a bridge, and you may need special tools to floss above and around the restoration. Call our expert in dental bridges in Huntington Beach today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our team.

Do All Dentists Offer Invisalign?

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Invisalign is one of the most advanced orthodontic solutions. It offers an alternative to conventional braces, allowing patients to straighten smiles using clear removable aligners rather than permanently affixed brackets and wires. This means patients can enjoy greater smile confidence and perform better dental hygiene throughout treatment. Our dental office offers several types of Invisalign, including Invisalign Teen, Invisalign Express, and classic Invisalign.

As with other orthodontic treatments, Invisalign requires specialized knowledge of the way teeth move. To create a treatment plan, we evaluate your teeth and jawbone structure and take a series of images to create a 3D model of your mouth. We then use this model as the basis for your treatment plan by moving each tooth in small increments until your teeth are perfectly aligned and your upper and lower jaws are perfectly balanced.

An experienced Invisalign dentist has the necessary experience to tackle a wide range of malocclusions and misalignments. Our dentists are Premier Preferred Providers, which means that they have extensive experience treating a wide range of cases. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our Invisalign dentist in Huntington Beach.

Cost of CEREC Crowns

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We use the latest system to design a crown that fits seamlessly into your smile and adjust the color, shape, size, and surface features to ensure the most natural look. The crown is then milled right in our office and can be placed as soon as it is ready, allowing for same day crowns.

With CEREC dental crowns, you will not have to wear a temporary crown, return for additional appointments, or undergo multiple painful anesthesia shots. Instead, it is planned, prepared, and completed for treatment in a single appointment.

The material costs are similar for lab vs. CEREC restorations when considering the costs of impressions, bite registration, and temporary crown materials. Contact our dentist for more information regarding the cost of CEREC crowns in Huntington Beach.